I’m back at the One of a Kind Stamp and Scrap Expo!

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I am back as the Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator at the One of a Kind Rubber Stamp and Scrapbook Expo in Madison during the weekend of November 16-18, 2018. I have been participating in this show in various ways ever since it started. Way back when before I became a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, my family would visit from out of town and we would attend the show together.

This year, I have a table on the show floor so visit me there! I also have 3 classes, the Daisy Jar on Friday, the Wood Crate Projects on Saturday and my staple, Card Buffet on Sunday. Please consider attending a class. As a bonus, you will get to rest your legs for an hour during class 🙂

In addition, I’ll be a demonstrator during the Saturday night Create n Keep. This event is 4 hours of stamping fun!

Here is a link to the expo’s website: click here to zoom to the OOAK website.

See you there!

Super Awesome Shirley



Gracious Gathering with Snatam Kaur

I checked Overture’s seating chart over last weekend for tickets to experience Snatam Kaur. There were 2 front row seats available. I checked again before heading out last night and they were still there! I decided to take advantage of these seats if they were available when I arrived at the box office. Alas, they were sold to the couple that had just visited the box office before me.

So I settled for a front row balcony seat where I could receive the full experience. I would be able to see all the performers, enjoy the music float up and enjoy the heat rise too.


As I entered my row, a person sat 2 seats over. Soon, a couple were seated between us. To my right was a person that slipped in her seat after me. As I opened my newly purchased CD, I decided to act on my intention for the evening. I wanted to make a connection. One sentence that entered my mind as I drove down East Washington Street.

We had a lively exchange. Tracy is a storyteller. WOW, an author, I thought. She traveled from Menomonie today for a storytelling session at a local library. I asked if she was reading from her own books. Tracy said, no, she is a real life story teller. Experiencing Snatam Kaur was a maybe on her agenda for the day. I am glad she made it a priority. She helped make my new experience for the day better.

My intention of making a connection was fulfilled by meeting Tracy. I grew up just south of Menomonie, attending the Sacred Chant was a maybe for me too and I am a storyteller through my blog. If I had not gotten a little lost navigating the Madison streets, I would have been in the front row seats and missed the opportunity to meet Tracy. Funny how that worked out. My GPS was conspiring with the universe:)

The Sacred Chant Concert started. As the simple sounds from the stage started filling the room, the fifth instrument, the audience voices, grew stronger. Space after the mantras are left open. No clapping after finishing the mantras. Although there was clapping throughout the concert including a reminder to vote. Snatam Kaur is a peace activist so I would have expected no less than her statements surrounding voting.

There were bagpipes, oh yes. An expected guest via a cell phone tone is my guess. They sounded at an appropriate time during a chant introduction about finding your own voice. We had a laugh at that.

To finish the night, Snatam Kaur signed CD’s. I was star struck! I was trying to think of something to say and came up with just saying Peace and Thank You. Those stars came out so I don’t think that is what I said. Snatam Kaur was a gracious host throughout the night and during the after show. I am glad I attended!


One last thought. Snatam Kaur is a scientist. So we have starting out in science in common. We most likely have similar thought patterns. Maybe that is why I have been so drawn to her and her music. I remember reading about Snatam Kaur after she appeared in Oprah’s Super Soul Sessions. I’ll have to watch the session again. It was a good one.

This blog entry might be the start of a scrapbook I have been thinking about starting. All About Me is the theme. I have scrapbooked hundreds of pages over the years but very little of those pages are about me. Maybe this life experience will be page #1.

peace, light and love…

Super Awesome Sacred Chanter Shirley

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click to go to Snatam Kaur’s website



Quilt Supplies for Summer Camp

Hello Paper Crafting Friends! I have a quilter friend, Dawn, that is looking for quilting donations for a summer camp. Here is a little bit about the camp in her words.

Each summer I volunteer at the Episcopal church camp in the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota. Two years ago, I started a sewing club to teach the young campers how to sew and provide them the opportunity to involve themselves in a service project. Over 80% of our campers live at or near the poverty level on the reservations of South Dakota. Part of my vision for this endeavor was to teach that no matter our means, we always have the ability to help others.

Our campers in grades five and six make pillow cases to donate to the children’s ward at local hospitals. The campers grades 7-12 make dresses for the Little Dresses for Africa project. Once their service gift is complete, we bring out the scrap box and they create, create, create!

Dawn is looking for the following donations since she sponsors all the supplies used in this program:

at least 24 inches cotton fabric, any pattern
double fold bias tape, at least 1 yard, any color
kid print cotton for pillowcases
any fabric scraps
polyfil in any size for pillow stuffing
portable sewing machines (your older model perhaps?)

Dawn returns to South Dakota a few times a year in her car so will take donations throughout the year. I will be seeing Dawn at my next weekend retreat which is October 19th in Poynette. If you can drop off donations to me before then, I can bring it to her at the retreat. Or you can stop during that weekend at the retreat if you want to tour the space and meet Dawn.

If you are cleaning out your fabric stash or know of someone that is, please pass this information to them. Dawn would also like to send sewing machines home with campers that express continued interest in sewing. So if you donate a sewing machine, it may be used during camp session or be re-homed where it will be used for many years to come!

Thanks for your help with carrying on the quilting tradition!

This is Portia. Dawn’s daughter that runs the camp.


Dawn is behind this quilt!


Have a nice day,

Super Awesome Shirley


World Famous Dill Rolls, ok maybe just in my family


Yum! Need I type more? I make yeast risen rolls starting with warm water, yeast, flour and salt. Yes, the old fashioned way. I modernize it by kneading with the stand mixer to just the right texture. The smell of the dough rising is the best way to bring you into the present. A fresh, hot roll slathered with real butter is a treat!

Growing up, I remember Mom use to bake her own bread too. But she got the frozen dough which made her job a little easier. Fresh bread out of Mom’s oven was the best. A slice of bread with a layer of butter and cinnamon sugar was a frequent afternoon treat.

I am an admin of a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators Facebook group for demonstrators that no longer have upline support. I host a once a month meeting where the first post is, Roll Call! Who’s online with us? I add a photo of my latest rolls or the dill roll photo if nothing has come out of my oven recently.

I just did a roll call post for the entire group with the dill roll photo and had requests for the recipe. I recalled I had created a post about the roll adventures already so I looked back in the blog and found it. Click here to read the original post about the Dill, the Dog and the Toad. In this post, I included the photo layout below.

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Here is the requested recipe for the dill rolls. They might make World Famous status if my demonstrator friends around the world bake them!

Dill Rolls Recipe by Shirley Merker

Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a pyrex measuring cup in microwave or stove top pan.

Add 3/4 cup small curd cottage cheese and 1/3 cup water.

Heat to about 105 degrees fahrenheit. Add to stand mixer bowl.

Into stand mixer bowl, add 2 1/4 teaspoon active dry yeast and 2 tablespoons sugar. Let proof for a few minutes. I like to see the yeast exploding before I proceed to the next step. Just the chemist in me I suppose.

Add 2 1/4 cups bread flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 2 teaspoons minced onion, 2 teaspoons fresh dill weed, 1 room temperature egg.

Use dough hook to mix until just to smooth stage. Add more flour if needed.

Cover mixer bowl with tea towel and let rise until doubled.

Divide dough into 12 pieces. Then divide the 12 pieces into 3 pieces. Place 3 pieces per muffin cup.

Let rise, uncovered, until batter fills the cup and overflows like in the photo above. If your room humidity is dry, loosely cover with a stiff bag so the bag does not touch the dough.

Bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit about 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.

Remove from pan and place on cooling rack after asking everyone in the house to partake in a hot roll. If this is your afternoon refreshment, serve with a cup of #nessallakombucha, #treeripepeaches and assorted #eaugalleitalian cheeses. Dinner is then optional:)

I usually make note if I borrow a recipe from another source. The recipe page does not indicate an alternate source so I am not sure if I copied another recipe or made this recipe up. Either way, they are so good!

Please add a comment if you baked a batch and where in the world you are located. It would be fun to learn you enjoyed my recipe and shared with your family. Hmmm…maybe I should bake a batch again soon?

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley



#sunpraireistrong fundraiser

It has been about 2 weeks since a gas line explosion on Main Street in Sun Prairie changed many lives. Read about it here in my blog post.

I would like to help by donating a portion of online sales to Sunshine Place, which provides a single point of access to social services for Sun Prairie residents to support themselves in time of need.

You can help raise funds for Sunshine Place by placing an online order using host code 7UY9EASY at my online store here. I will donate 25% of online orders placed using host code 7UY9EASY. Orders must be submitted by Monday, July 30th, noon.

Stampin’ Up! is a creative company helping people make connections through paper crafting kits and DIY paper crafting supplies. That stamp and paper aisle in the big box stores? That is what my company does only the products are shipped directly from Utah to your front door. Most of the products are made in Utah as well. My store is online and so is ordering. I also hold in person paper crafting events for all ages. Ask me about that part of my business.

You will receive a hand stamped greeting card in your snail mailbox from me as a thank you for ordering and supporting #sunprairiestrong efforts to provide help and hope.

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley

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